Inspiration Day features some of the most impressive minds in
philanthropy, politics, business, entertainment and media. Whether your
goal is to make a real difference to the issues you care about or to get
tips from your role models about overcoming the obstacles to success,
here’s where you'll get help becoming the very best version of yourself.
WIE Network is a next generation media company that aims to inspire
social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational filmed
content, large scale forums and innovative social media programs. The
company’s properties include the annual women’s conference, The WIE
Symposium; WIE Interact, an online social network for women, and a new
online reputation service to be announced. Other projects include a
feature film about legendary African heroine Yaa Asantewaa; and a
documentary that explores the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution
around the world.
WIE Network’s principals are television host and political commentator
June Sarpong, and branding and entertainment marketing expert, Dee Poku.
According to Sarpong and Poku, the WIE Symposium was created as way of
uniting women from different backgrounds. The event engages women from
the world’s wealthiest nations in the quest to give a voice to those
less fortunate than themselves: "As New York based British women of
Ghanaian heritage, we consider ourselves to be citizens of world. And as
such our mandate is to unite and empower women everywhere. We all share
common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have strong
families and dynamic careers. And that’s what the WIE Symposium is
about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common
Abigail Disney is founder and president of the Daphne Foundation, a progressive organization that makes grants to grassroots community-based groups working with low-income communities in New York City.
Carol Jenkins, a writer and producer, is an Emmy award winning former television anchor and correspondent, and Founding Chair of the Board of Greenstone Media, the talk radio network for women.
Ms. Jenkins is the author, with her daughter Elizabeth Gardner Hines, of Black Titan, A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire. It was selected by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as one of the best non-fiction books of 2004. She is an executive producer of the PBS documentary, What I Want My Words To Do To You, which won The Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
Ms. Jenkins enjoyed a 30 year, award-winning tenure with several New York City news departments, including 23 years at WNBC-TV, where she co-anchored the pivotal 6 p.m. newscast. She was most identified with her reporting of national political stories, including from the floor of Democratic and Republican national conventions that yielded Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. She hosted her own daily talk show, Carol Jenkins Live, on WNYW-TV.
Ms. Jenkins, who is working on her second book, about the several generations of journalists in her family, has written articles for More, Ms, and Opportunity Journal and the essay, Standing By: Women in Broadcast Journalism appeared in Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium. She has served on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Feminist Press, among others.
Carol Jenkins has been honored by the Association of Black Journalists/New York Chapter with Lifetime Achievement and International Reporting Awards, UPI, The Feminist Press, The Daily News with its Front Page Award, YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, Save the Children, Single Parents' Association, United Negro College Fund, Hale House, National Mothers Day Committee as Mother of the Year, the Police Athletic League as Woman of the Year, Abbot House as Humanitarian of the Year, and as Distinguished Alumna of New York University, among many others. She holds honorary doctorates from The College of New Rochelle and Marymount Manhattan College.